Former Vincennes Police Chief Dustin Luking and Wife Arrested

Earlier today, former Vincennes Police Chief Dustin Luking, 48, and his wife, Bethany, 49, were arrested on criminal charges after separate investigations by the Indiana State Police.

Arrested and Charged:

  • Dustin J. Luking, 48, 1606 16th Street, Lawrenceville, IL.
  1. Theft, Level 5 Felony
  2. Official Misconduct, Level 6 Felony
  3. Forgery, Level 6 Felony
Dustin J. Luking
  • Bethany J. Shelton Luking, 49, was charged with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Deceit, Level 6 Felony.
Bethany J. Shelton Luking

Former Chief Luking was arrested on several criminal charges stemming from a criminal investigation after money was discovered missing from the Vincennes Police Department.

The criminal investigation was initiated in July 2019.

Also, in August 2019, ISP investigated a theft of prescription medication at the Bettye J. McCormick Senior Center in Vincennes where Bethany J. Shelton Luking, 49, was employed.

The investigation was reviewed by the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was issued earlier today for her arrest.

Luking was charged with Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud or Deceit, Level 6 Felony.

Luking and his wife, Bethany, were arrested this morning without incident.

Dustin Luking was arrested at Toyota Boshoku in Lawrenceville, IL, by the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.

Bethany Luking was arrested at their residence in Lawrenceville, IL, by the Lawrenceville Police Department.

They are both currently being held in the Lawrence County Jail and awaiting extradition.

Luking resigned from the Vincennes Police Department in October 2019.

During the investigation involving Dustin Luking, Indiana State Police Detective Sergeant Greg Ashby revealed over $35,000 had been taken from the evidence vault and Luking allegedly used the funds for personal use.

An Indiana State Board of Accounts audit revealed several additional discrepancies involving Luking.

The audit revealed over $14,000 was used by Luking for personal use between 2013-2016.

After the Knox County Prosecutor’s Office reviewed the investigation, an arrest warrant was issued this morning for Luking.

Shonna Achelle Coomer, age 52, of Salem

Shonna Achelle Coomer, age 52, of Salem passed away Friday, May 20, 2022 at Ascension St. Vincent Salem Hospital. 

Born February 5, 1970 in New Albany, she was the daughter of the late James Miles and Rebecca Frances Scott.  On October 24, 2011, she married Rick Coomer who survives.

Shonna attended school in Pekin and Ivy Tech in Sellersburg; she worked for both the Washington County Memorial Hospital and Blue River Services assisting the mentally handicapped. 

She was a lover of music, cats, shopping, flowers, and long drives; she spent much of her time decorating, gardening, and caring for her family.  She was a great conversationalist and brightened every room she entered; she was a loving mother and wife.

Shonna was preceded in death by her parents, James Miles and Rebecca Frances Scott, and a brother, Dennis Lakins.

She is survived by her husband, Rick; 2 children: Katlen Coomer and Devin Coomer; and 2 brothers: Larry Lakins and Randy Lakins.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Washington County Humane Society.

Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home was entrusted with funeral care.

Angela G. Ramsay, age 65, of Pekin

Angela G. Ramsay, age 65, of Pekin passed away Sunday, May 22, 2022 in Adolphus, Kentucky. 

Born December 28, 1956 in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, she was the daughter of the late Norman Glaab and Nina Ruth (Line) Glaab.  On December 31, 1994, she married Gary A. Ramsay who survives.

Angela was a homemaker and member of the Bunker Hill Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Nina Glaab, 3 brothers, and 1 sister.

She is survived by her husband, Gary; 6 children: Scottie D. Dennis (Joyce), Draven C. Ramsay, Julie L. Jenkins (David), Jamie L. Ballard, Joe L. Ramsay, and Karri A. Ramsay; 1 brother: Kevin W. Glaab; 7 grandchildren; and 6 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, 2022 at Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home-Salem Chapel; Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. until time of service at the funeral home.

Memorial Service For Boy Found in Woods Set for June 1

A memorial service for the little boy found in the woods will be held Wednesday, June 1 at 11AM at the funeral home with Todd Murphy officiating. 

Police believed the boy was five years old.

He will be laid to rest in Crown Hill Cemetery. 

The service will be live streamed by WSLM for those who cannot attend the service. 

Harrison County Inmate Roster – 5-19-22

Owens, James
Possession of Methamphetamine
Theft
 
Walker, Shawn
Possession of Methamphetamine
Theft
Possession of Paraphernalia
 
Becker, Paula
Possession of Methamphetamine
Theft
 
Kibby, Ivan
Disorderly Conduct
Public Nudity
Obstruction of Traffic
 
Humphries, Eugene
Domestic Battery
 
Dickinson, Christopher
FTA 
Possession of Methamphetamine

Open Sheep Show One of First Fair Events June 4

The Washington County Sheep Association and Washington County Fair Board are hosting an Open Sheep Show on Saturday, June 4, 2022 at the Washington County Fairgrounds Livestock Pavilion.

There will be classes for Market Lambs, Breeding Ewes, Rams and Showmanship.

Sheep may start arriving at 8:00 a.m.

Weigh-in will be from 8:30-10:00 a.m.

The show will start at 12:30 p.m. with showmanship classes.

Anyone needing rules or more information should contact the Purdue Extension – Washington County Office at 812-883-4601 or visit the website https://extension.purdue.edu/washington.

The Sheep Association will be selling lamb concessions along with chips and
drinks beginning at 11 a.m. and continuing until 4 p.m. or the end of the show.

Cinnamon rolls and drinks will be available for breakfast. The Wash. Co. 4-H Shooting Sports Club will also be selling ice cream.

The public is invited to come watch the show and enjoy a delicious lamb meal.

Educational Carcass Workshop Planned for 4-H Members

Washington County 4-H is hosting a Carcass Workshop on Saturday, May 21, 2022 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds (118 Fair St., Salem, IN) and invites all 4-H members in grades 3-12 to participate.

Flint Harrelson, Morehead State University Professor of Animal Sciences, is the featured speaker and will demonstrate the use of ultrasound technology to evaluate traits
of live animals related to meat quality and yield in cattle, sheep, goats, and swine.

Flint uses the same technology during the annual Washington County 4-H Livestock Carcass Contest.

Participants will also learn about meat flavor, tenderness, wholesale cuts, retail cuts, and determining the amount of meat from an animal after processing.

The workshop is free for Washington County 4-H members and $10 for members from other counties.

Lunch is provided and all participants will receive a door prize. RSVP’s are required by Wednesday, May 18, 2022 by calling the Purdue Extension – Washington County office at 812-883-4601.

The workshop is not possible without many Washington County 4-H volunteers and financial support from Premier Companies and the Washington County Commissioners.

Everyone involved in the planning of the Carcass Workshop hopes 4-H members who
attend will consider participating in the 2022 Carcass Contest at the fair to learn more about their animal projects and the high quality meat they produce.

Mary Margaret King Burns, age 88, of Salem

Mary Margaret King Burns, age 88, of Salem, passed away on Sunday morning, May 15th at Meadow View Health and Rehab.  

Mary was born on November 3, 1933, to Kenneth and Frances Miller King in Salem.

Mary was a lifelong resident of Salem and grew up in the Fort Hill neighborhood on the family farm.  She was a lifetime member of Fort Hill Church of Christ and was faithful to her Lord. She lived by the Golden Rule of treating others how you would like to be treated.

One of her best days, she recently noted was when she married Roy Burns on March 27, 1951 and resided most of her married life in New Philadelphia.  She was proud of her children, Roy Burns Jr., Susan (Burgess) Calhoun, Sierra (Dennis) Collins, Scott (Teresa) Burns, Shelley (Melvin) Fultz, David Burns, and Steven (fiancée Brittany Leigh) Burns all of Salem and all survive. She is also survived by brothers, Kenneth King and William King.  Mary had 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.  Mary also had many cousins that were like brothers and sisters to her.

Being a mother and raising her children was an important role along with other jobs she had in life.  She loved being with people.  She attended Salem High School.  She was a previous employee of Colglazier’s Orchard, cleaned houses, and was a cleaning lady at St. Vincent Salem Hospital to name a few.  Mary was also a member of the Cecil Grimes Post 41 Auxiliary in Salem.  She was known there as “Mother Mary” and volunteered at the Legion chicken BBQ’s until last year.  She was quick to laugh, talked straightforward and loved by many.

Preceding Mary in death are her husband, parents, sisters, Dorothy June Walton and Carol Lee Chenier, brother, John David King, and granddaughter, Gabrielle Leah Lainhart.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 1PM at Fort Hill Church of Christ. 

Mary will be laid to rest beside her husband in Crown Hill Cemetery. 

Visitation will be Thursday from 4-8PM at Weathers Funeral Home and Friday from 11AM-time of service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations may be made to one’s favorite charity or to:  Amedysis Hospice, 305 Quartermaster Court, Jeffersonville, IN  47130.

Memorial Service for Holtsclaw, 60, Paoli, Sunday May 22

Sue Ellen Holtsclaw, 60, of Paoli, Indiana, passed away on Wednesday, December 29, 2021, at IU Health, Bedford. 

Cremation was chosen with a Memorial Service to be held at Dillman Scott Funeral Home,
Sunday May 22, 2022, From 2pm to 3:30PM.

She was born on November 4, 1961, in Bedford, Indiana to Calloway and Helen Poore Reynolds.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Sue enjoyed watching sports and drag racing with her companion, Robert Ray. She was a
former employee of Patoka Lake Winery as a Tasting Room Manager.

Survivors include:
Companion:
Robert Ray Paoli, Indiana

Sons:
Josh Holtsclaw Green County, Indiana
Dylan (Danielle) Holtsclaw; Heltonville, Indiana

Daughter:
Kirby Holtsclaw; Ellettsville, Indiana

Brother:
Ronnie Reynolds Bedford, Indiana
Sister:
Rita (Clay) Martin Columbus, Indiana

6-Grandchildren also survive Sue Ellen Holtsclaw.

Online Condolences may be made at www.dillmanscottfuneralhome.com

Springwater Ocoee, age 68, of Salem

Springwater Ocoee, age 68, of Salem passed away Monday, May 16, 2022 at Meadow View Health & Rehabilitation Center.  Born August 7, 1953 in Glasgow, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Walter Likens and Annie (Jones) Likens who preceded her in death.

She was a retired Registered Nurse with Norton’s Hospital and was a member of the MS Foundation.

Springwater is survived by two daughters: Dana and Jonie; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Cremation was chosen; Hughes-Taylor Funeral Home was entrusted with funeral care.

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